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Jurisprudence: A Beginner's Simple and Practical Guide to Complex Legal Theory

41 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2009 Last revised: 4 Feb 2009

Allen R. Kamp

The John Marshall Law School

Date Written: January 15, 2009

Abstract

An introduction to jurisprudence, the part of legal studies that attempts to construct a theory of law: what it is, how it functions, and what it should be. Jurisprudence deals with the history, philosophy, and sociology of the law. Legal authorities-cases and statutes-are written and interpreted, consciously or unconsciously, with the use of jurisprudential concepts. Jurisprudence is a theoretical subject, but it can provide practical insights on how to read and understand these authorities.

Keywords: Jurisprudence, legal theory, Legal Formanlism, Legal Realism, plain meaning

Suggested Citation

Kamp, Allen R., Jurisprudence: A Beginner's Simple and Practical Guide to Complex Legal Theory (January 15, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1328386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1328386

Allen R. Kamp (Contact Author)

The John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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